Wales’ NatWest Six Nations debutants – How have they fared so far?

Wales’s Six Nations campaign has been some what of a mixed bag so far.

A resounding 34-7 win against Scotland on the opening weekend was dampened by a narrow 12-6 defeat to England nine days ago.

Despite the defeat at Twickenham, Wales have shown more than just glimpses of the some of the rugby that we know they’re capable of.

Head coach Warren Gatland named four Six-Nations debutants in his squad, two of which were uncapped altogether.

Scarlets’ Hadleigh Parkes, James Davies & Rhys Patchell, and Worcester Warriors’ Josh Adams all received a call-up to Wales’ 2018 Six Nations squad.

With it being their first real chance to showcase their abilities on such a big stage, how have the new boys fared so far?

Hadleigh Parkes

The New Zealand-born centre has been pivotal in Wales’ defensive success so far.

The game against England was just his third appearance for Wales and has already racked up 10 points in the process.

Although both of those tries came in the autumn series against South Africa, his game is certainly more than just try scoring.

The Scarlets centre has put himself about the field and carried the ball in hand superbly well, especially during the second-half versus England when Wales were in the ascendancy.

Another big performance in the middle against Ireland will do the 30-year-old no harm at all.


















James Davies

The flanker has yet to feature for Warren Gatland’s side thus far.

However, it’s only a matter of time before the talented forward get his chance to make his debut.

The Scarlets man is also the brother of Wales and Lions centre Jonathan Davies.

Davies, has also represented Wales Sevens and was part of the Great Britain squad that played in the Rugby Sevens tournament at the 2016 Summer Olympics.

With Wales short of options across their fifteen, a start against Ireland could be in order for the 27-year-old.
















Rhys Patchell

By far the most high profile of the names listed given the criticism he received from Eddie Jones ahead of the game at Twickenham.

The 24-year-old enjoyed an easy afternoon against Scotland but came under the cosh against England, as he was out-jumped by Anthony Watson for England’s first try .

He is set to retain his place against Ireland this weekend in Dublin as Wales look to bounce back from that agonising defeat to England.

Despite making just seven appearances for Wales, Patchell made his international debut against Japan in the summer tour of 2013.

Definitely one with a point to prove.
















Josh Adams

The 22-year-old was certainly an unexpected pick by Gatland and one that many disputed.

With Wales going through some what of an injury crisis, the uncapped winger was called into Gatland’s squad for the very first-time.

His performances against Scotland and England have been very different so far.

Adams put in an assured display against the Scots despite not getting on the score sheet as Wales ran riot.

However, he was put to the sword by England as two of England’s tries came down his side and lost the battle under the high ball.

With the game against Ireland looming, Adams will want to prove a point that he’s capable of playing at the highest level.

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